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Sacred trust: Donations and their Legacy

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From 10th April

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Sacred trust: Donations and their Legacy

Sacred trust: Donations and their Legacy is a stunning new exhibition which celebrates our Legacy of Donations, featuring significant gifts from 1908 to 2024.

All of the recent donations in this exhibition represent the collective support of a new generation of patrons, further enriching the Hugh Lane Gallery’s collection of modern and contemporary art. Exhibited alongside some of the most significant donations from the founding collection including Impressionist paintings, these contemporary artworks set up a stimulating dialogue with their peers from an earlier age.

Speaking about the exhibition, The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Daithí de Róiste said “I am proud to launch Sacred trust: Donations and their Legacy at Hugh Lane Gallery. This exhibition is a testament to the vision and philanthropy that underpins the ethos of HLG which is a key cultural institution in Dublin. The gallery is instrumental in shaping the cultural fabric of our city.  Sacred trust: Donations and their Legacy invites Dubliners and visitors alike to explore current and historic philanthropy which has shaped HLG’s acclaimed collection and which has made a lasting mark on Ireland’s art scene.”

Donors Neil Jordan and Robert Maharry remarked “We are honoured to be able to contribute to the Hugh Lane gallery’s great legacy. In particular with this unique work by Richard Gorman, which will be a proud part of its permanent collection.”

Barbara Dawson, Director of Hugh Lane Gallery said “Since its foundation in 1908, Hugh Lane Gallery has been fortunate in receiving significant donations that add to the wealth and depth of this national collection of modern and contemporary art. In Sacred trust: Donations and their Legacy, we celebrate that legacy with a new generation of supporters whose gifts align with our strategic vision in the 21st century. These artworks will be conserved and enjoyed for generations to come”

Sacred trust: Donations and their Legacy will open 10th April 2024.
Featuring works by Paul McKinley, Michael Kane, Elizabeth Magill, Suzy Zamit, Melanie le Brocquy, Brian Maguire, Dermot Seymour, Richard Gorman, Sean Scully, Lawrence Carroll, Courbet, Corot, Sean Scully, Harpignes, Irish 19th century painter Charlotte Katherine McCausland, Mancini & Roderic O’Conor, Manet, Monet,  Degas and Vuillard.

Wall Landline Moor Collection & image © Hugh Lane Gallery. Donated by the artist, 2024 © Sean Scully

‘Untitled’ Collection & image © Hugh Lane Gallery.
Donated by Robert Maharry and Neil Jordan, 2023. © Richard Gorman

‘Kathleen Clarke’ Collection & image © Hugh Lane Gallery. Donated, 2023. © Brian Maguire.

‘Lo Oscuro Invade’  Collection & image © Hugh Lane Gallery. Donated by John and Madeline McGahern though the Taxes Consolidation Act 1997, 2024. © Estate of Alexander Calder.

‘To Bambi’ Collection & image © Hugh Lane Gallery. Donated by John and Madeline McGahern though the Taxes Consolidation Act 1997, 2024. © Estate of Alexander Calder.

‘Victory’ Collection & image © Hugh Lane Gallery. Donated by Lucy Jones Carroll, 2022. © The Estate of Lawrence Carroll.

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Big Bird Niki de Saint Phalle 1982